Hotel Plaza Naco
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... sure how to reconcile my American perspective on poverty with the apparent contentedness of the people. I don’t want to downplay their circumstances but I also don’t want to assume they’re unhappy or unfortunate because their standard of living doesn’t ...
Santo Domingo is the capital of Dominican Republic. There is not much to see here. I stayed here two nights in two different hotels. They were both overpriced and nothing special. I arrived late at night on the first night and went directly to the bars. I was looking for a disco and some man brought me into a room with about 20 women and not a single man. All the women were in lingerie. It was ...
... everyone knows about them from nearby communities. Rumor is 1 invites certain peopel from the community to go to a nearby cemetery and raise the dead and go for a walk. I've told everyone to tell her I don't ever want to be invited.
-May 12th: all volunteer conference (I have no idea what happens at the conference)
-May 16th-20th: I go to Batey 9 (in Barahona) because Spanish does me no good. I go to learn the language that I really need. Creole. A batey has ...
... butts off with only thin sheets for blankets. Anyways- a little more complaining.... We had to be at the office at 6:15 AM yet didn't leave until 7:30. Yay Dominican time. That day was spent in museums- first the Mirabal sisters (they fought against the dictator Trujillo in the 50's and 3/4 were killed), then an art/history museum that was very beautiful but sufficiently boring, and finally a ridiculously short tour of the city ending in a ...
... then took us home.
Before that whole saga I should have probably mentioned that Monday was a holiday, Los Tres Reyes, the three kings- where kids get presents just like from Santa. It's a federal holiday, so no school or work. This was my favorite day yet. 4 of the guys from the night before took Christine, Nina, Kati and I to "an actually good beach," playa Juan dolio, because apparently playa pelenque isn't up to their standards. ...
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